Kashmir is an year round tourist destination but if you are still looking for the best time, then the months of March till October are considered as great. During this period the weather conditions in Kashmir are just perfect. Blossomed gardens, chirping birds, alpine meadows and refreshing air is what would welcome you in this land.
This whole period covers three seasons in Kashmir i.e. spring (March-early May), summers (early May-late August) and autumn (September-November). Pahalgam is popular from April to November for activities like rafting and horse riding. If Golf is your sport, then April to November months are the best time for you. What waits for you is the highest green golf course anywhere in the world, situated at an altitude of 2650 m, spread over 52 sprawling acres of lush land.
From December to early March is the winter season for Kashmir, when the entire valley is covered with a white blanket of snow. Breeze is chilling and sunshine tender. But if you are a winter sport lover, travel to Gulmarg in these months for some of the best skiing and snowboarding. You would be awestuck by the views you would get by Gondola cable car rides at this period of year.
So see what type of traveler you are and then go ahead to soak your soul in this paradise on earth!
Ladakh is the crown-jewel of India and a hot-spot that attracts tourists from India as well as all over the world. But what is it that makes it a ‘must-visit’ tourist destination, despite that fact that it is not a very easily accessible place and the facilities available are not exceptional either?
The charm of Ladakh cannot be expressed enough in words, nor contained in a few expressions. Here are some of the best reasons why you SHOULD take that life-altering and alifetimetrip, guaranteed to fall in love and wanting to come back again and again!
1. Intriguing beauty
As you come into Ladakh from the Manali-Leh Highway, you would see an abrupt change in the landscape after crossing the Lahaul Valley. If you come via Srinagar, the same is visible as you cross Zoji La.
The lush green expanses suddenly turn to rugged mountains that are devoid of any forms of vegetation. The rustic appeal is both daunting and intimidating, as you face the harshness of nature. The desert-like expansiveness of raw mountainous terrain makes you feel the powerful forces of nature and how you are but a tiny speckle in the magnanimous environs. Places like Nubra Valley allow you to experience the clear flowing river and sand-dunes of the desert, and are a photographer’s delight!
2. The land of blues of all hues
Where else will you find the azure blue lakes competing with clear blue skies, embellished with pristine clear clouds? The legendary Pangong Lake that stretches for miles, crystal-clear, shimmering, enticing! The Tso Morriri, Tso Kar, Kiagar Tso, Tso Kyin – and so many more – each charming, untouched and breathtaking!
3. Explore nature on foot – the picturesque trekking trails
Ladakh is the epitome of pleasure for a trekker. So many routes have been trod upon by enthusiastic folks who love to be one with nature, as they enter her deepest folds and discover her delightful secrets. If you have a backpack, a tent, a map and some provisions for yourself, along with a daring spirit, just set off on this awesome experience! The famous Chadar trek is very popular, as is the Markha Valley trek. For those who like adventure, Stok Kangri trek has some surprises and challenges!
4. The charming monasteries – the Gompas
Dotting the mountains are quaint monasteries – the Gompas – prides of Ladakhi population. Vibrant and somewhat startling wall murals adorn these, but the Gompas inside are melting pots of heritage, culture, ancient Buddhist scriptures and are the main source of strength of the community here, to live in such harsh conditions, with a smile. Inside the monasteries there is a soothing environment; the simplicity and dignity of the monks rubs on to you as well. Little monks who are but boys, despite the heavily austere robes, take your heart away!
5. The colorful festivals
Ladakh festivals are vibrant and full of dance and gaiety. These are the best places which bind all the community members together, where everyone comes together joyously. Their colorful dances such as the Cham are bold and bizarre. The monasteries host many of these festivals and a famous one is the Hemis festival. Many festivals such as Ladakhi Losar, Spituk Gustor, Thiksey Gustor and Stok Monastery Festival occur in winter and are thronged by tourists.
6. Clear skies for astronomic wonders – perfect for stargazing
Ladakh is very popular amongst photographers and astronomers for its clear vision of the night sky – unpolluted. In fact, many like to pitch tents in the wilderness and simply connect with the universe at night. A special permit can take you to Hanle, the paradise for those wanting to spot the Milky Way! This is home to the Indian Astronomical Observatory, which boasts of having the highest telescope in the world!
7. Lovely and warm Ladakhis
It is impossible not to be bowled over by the simple and sweet natured Ladakhi residents. Cheerful, despite the harsh life, and God-fearing, they are very hospitable and friendly. In fact, if you are lucky, the locals may even offer you a sumptuous yet simple meal. If you can get to stay with a local family, you would have hit the jackpot! It’s the perfect way to get a first-hand experience of the local lifestyle!
Our travelers with the shy Ladakhis
8. The ‘oh-so innocent’ cute kids
The kids are so cute! They do not possess the modern gadgets and live childhood the way as it is probably supposed to – pure, close to nature and full of human touch. Their innocent smiles are sure to touch you! This happy disconnect with the unnecessary complications of the modern world gets on to you and you begin to feel child-like yourself!
9. Safe heaven for women
Ladakh is very respectful towards nature and its creations. So many women travelers alone or in groups have recounted wonderful experiences where they roamed around freely without the constant fear of being stalked, stared at or touched. A message for those in the rest of the world, if they care to listen!
10. The Rarest Wildlife
Ladakh is home to the rarest species of wildlife. The Snow Leopard, innumerable birds, kiangs, marmots and charming furry friends can be spotted here. Habitat to yak, ibex, bharal and the like, this is a favorite for those who love to be with the creatures of nature and wildlife photographers.
God’s own creation – the picturesque land of Ladakh – is frequented by many via road or by air. Those who want to push their own body to the extremes love to take bike trips here on the world’s highest motorable roads.
Truly Ladakh is and will always engage, astonish, inspire and mesmerize visitors! No wonder than that whatever has been said and written about this marvel is never enough!
So your wedding bells are ringing! You want to take off to a secluded, wondrous part of the world to spend some romantic ‘we’ time with your beloved, where peace and quiet do not disturb you? Would you like to experience heavenly bliss in a not-so-hyped getaway? Where the clear blue skies meet the expansive blues of oceans, amidst the vast gazes of sandy beaches! Welcome to Havelock – a paradise and perfect destination for honeymooners!
This island is one of the many in Ritchie’s Archipelago, lying towards the east of Great Andaman, in the Bay of Bengal, that belongs to India. There are many charming villages that dot this island, adding to its rustic beauty. It was colonized by British and named after the English General Mr. Henry Havelock.
This island’s native population is almost extinct, now reduced to a very small number, of Aborigine descent. There tribes that reside here are of the lineage of Negros. But most of the other population comprises of migrants from Myanmar and Bengal. Shy and friendly, you may be able to make friends with a few locals that can actually show you some ‘off-the-cuff’ spots that you can quietly sneak away to with your better half!
Havelock has so many hotels for both of you. If you like the plushness of a resort, there are lavish luxurious ones to choose for. Or if you like to be in a rustic cottage, you can find many that suit your budget. There are also the ‘do not disturb’ semi-furnished self-contained accommodations that let you live and cook by yourself and be virtually ‘left alone’! You can choose from beach resorts to hotels near the green rainforest areas, or do a mix of both!
Tantalize your senses with the mesmerizing ocean creatures
Take a scuba diving experience with your love and you will both feel exhilarated. There are a number of diving sites with stunning coral reefs hidden within the depths of the seas. Or try snorkeling in the tropical waters and share the world of corals and marine life. You both will feel rejuvenated and enriched, inspired by the fantasy like underwater world.
Suntan or laze at the beach
The beaches are numbered here there are so many. Some popular ones have names too such as the Radhanagar beach where green forest seems to create a picturesque alcove that is a feasty sugary sandy curve next to perfect lapping waves. Sunset is the best time to soak in the scene here, and as you walk away from the main entry, hand in hand, you will get private places away from prying eyes!
Take a Scooty and ride along the narrow mesmerizing roads and along sandy beaches, at your pace. Stop wherever you want, whenever you feel like. Interact with locals if you want to, eat at the local joints tucked away in non-tourists spots and taste authentic sea-food cooked in the traditional way!
Ride away for private golden moments
Hire a couple of bicycles, pack in a backpack or two with camping gear, get some maps and other equipment and set off. With its bamboo-hut accommodations and excellent camping grounds, both in the green areas as well as near the not so touristy coasts, you can have quiet romantic moments, just like in the movies! Dare to take it rough, sleep under the open sky and be one with nature, with your love snuggled up to you.
Some daring challenges
Gone are the days when newlyweds liked to spend days gazing onto each other’s eyes – the stuff that makes up the oh-so-outdated romantic novels! Today’s confident young couples want to share their bolder adventurous passions, daring to prove their mettle against challenging feats.
Havelock offers a number of trekking trips into its jungles for spectacles of the rainforest jungles. The slippery forest floors are surely tricky to tread on!
The ocean offers a number of water sports along the coasts, especially at Elephant beach. Try some sports and see who does better. How about some kayaking? It is not as easy as it looks!
Be a bird amidst the clouds
You can take a seaplane ride to one or more beaches! This is a truly lovely and amazing journey! They can make you hover over the beaches and islands nearby, giving you a bird’s eye view akin to a portrait of myriad colors and hues! Enrapturing for sure!
Truly a week in Havelock will refresh you as you enjoy some of the most precious moments of your life. The perfect time spent here with your beloved, is a promise that you make to each other – to carry memories of this beautiful trip as you embark together on a glorious journey called life!
After a lot many Tours, Experimentation, Testing, discussion with Guests & Drivers; & personal Visits, I am in a position to differentiate the stay between Jispa (3200m, 10500ft) & Sarchu (4290m, 14070ft) for our Leh Travelers.
Here goes the analysis the simplest way:
Altitude Manali (2050m, 6726ft), Jispa (3200m,10500ft), Sarchu (4290m,14070ft), Leh (3524m, 11562 ft)
Few of my Questions to people planning to stay at Sarchu on first night post Manali on previous night!!!
Q1: Please look at the altitude difference between Manali & Sarchu, Manali & Leh, Manali & Jispa??
Ans: Manali & Sarchu- 7344ft
Manali & Leh-4836ft
Manali & Jispa-3774ft
So, please note that if you have chosen Sarchu over Jispa, it implies that you will be sleeping at an altitude EVEN HIGHER than Leh today. STRICTLY NOT RECOMMENDED.
Result: Visitors have been observed vomiting, having severe headaches next morning, in most of the cases due to non acclimatization with altitude.
Q2: Are you fine staying inside Tented accommodation or you are also the one who always needs a bricked accommodation?
Ans: At Sarchu, there have been only tented accommodation as the only stay option; however Jispa offers you the variety ranging from Tented Campsites, Bricked Hotels & Traditional Homestays (at Keylong) as er your choice.
Result: Sarchu being at higher altitude gets chilly & windy during the night. Visitors have been found feeling cold during late night hours.
Q3: Are you fine, if you miss a few landscapes, landing at Sarchu late evening?
Ans: Rohtang la has been observed as a major block/hindrance for Leh tourists, killing at least of 4-6 hours to pass through. Ideally, one should reach Sarchu in 7hrs if Rohtang does not play a spoilsport. Consequently, opting Sarchu makes it delayed, leading to reach there by late night.
Result: You arrive late at Sarchu, also missing the daylight view beautiful landscapes of Baralanchala (just before Sarchu)
Q4: Telephone/Cellphone Network?
Ans: While being on such a trip, its not always once priority to be in touch with outside world, especially when you ask me. So here Sarchu wins over Jispa. Jispa is well connected through BSNL network as far as cellphone connectivity is concerned, .
Q5: Will you require any kind of Medical Aid?
Ans: Sarchu being a remote, far flung barren land does not have much medical facilities besides an army camp. So, beware if you are traveling with kids or old age or you keep on having any medical requirement. Jispa is well connected/nearby Keylong, Community Health Centre, having all basic medical facilities, if at all required by you.
However, if you are returning from Leh, your body must have already acclimatized, you would have traveled to higher altitudes, you have complete choice to opt any of the two.
Still, if you are short of time & planning to depart from Manali, the very next day VOLVO (3:30m), you are again advised to give a stop at Jispa on previous day. This will surely help you to save time & reach Manali on time to board the VOLVO
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LADAKH TRAVEL PLANS
If Nature’s beauty attracts you, and u love to see tigers, lions, deer, Elephants and like to wake up with chirping birds sound rather than a alarm clock. Jim Corbett National Park is the right place to visit and spend holidays.
Wildlife trips are always a great choice to spend your holidays with Children, Family and Friends. It also connects you to nature and elevates you spiritually in life as nature teaches us much more than books.
Jim Corbett National Park is a natural habitat of the rare species of Tigers that are facing extinction. It’s also a place where u will find out 1000 of more rare species of fauna and flora.
Few more attractions:
- Corbett Museum
- Corbett Waterfall
- Jungle Safari
- Elephant Ride
- River Rafting
How to Reach:
By Railway: Nearest Railway Stations : Ramnagar [RMR], Moradabad [MB], New Delhi [NDLS]
- Distance From New Delhi – 240 Kms
- Dhikala Distance From Ramnagar, Uttaranchal – 35 Kms
- Frequent State Government buses are also available from Ramnagar Bus Stand, Ramnagar, Uttarakhand to Jim Corbett National Park.
Corbett National Park Wildlife Jeep Safari Timings:
The park normally opens at 06:00 hrs in the morning and is open till about 1100 hrs in the morning.
In the afternoon the park timings usually are from 14:30 to 17:30 hrs. However Timings may change based on seasons and forest authorities of Corbett National Park.
Wildlife Zones : Bijrani, Jhirna, Durgadevi, Dhikala, Sitavani
Forest Reserve Jeeps are allowed inside the Bijrani, Jhirna , Durgadevi Zones which can be booked in advance also.
Tips: You should carry a photo ID proof for sure eg: PAN Card, Driving License, Passport etc.
Stay: We make sure you have a best comfortable stay for your adventurous trip to Jim Corbett National Park.
1 Night Stay Luxury Tent/Camp
Day 01. Arrive in Rishikesh before 10:00am check in camp & back to 2 kms by road & start on a Jungle trek to Waterfall ( 4 Kms), on either side. then back to camp Get served with hot buffet lunch and then spend some free time to explore the area. Have evening tea. Either you can relax in the camp or take a Jungle walk near the campsite. Enjoy evening tea, lite snacks with bonfire. Have Dinner. Over night at the camp.
Day 02. Have the morning tea. After breakfast, Drive to Shivpuri and start on a River Rafting from Shivpuri to Ram jhula (16 kms). Today, we hit some of the most exciting rapids on the Ganga i.e. One can try Body Surfing and Cliff Jumping also in this section. In the later part, we float past temples and ashrams and Ghats. Enjoy the riverbank life along the Ganga. Arrive in Rishikesh. The tour terminates.
Meals: 1Lunch, 1Snacks, 1Dinner and 1BF.
Adventure Activities: Body Surfing, Cliff Jumping (rest of June month) , River Rafting 16 Kms, 4 Kms Trekking, Waterfall
Camp Activities: Volleyball etc.
About camps: Swiss tents. Carpeted floor. Attached wash room.*tiled bathroom with supply of towel, shampoo, lotion for use. Luxurious interiors*lights and running water only availability. Mouth watering delicious food. Volley Baal and special bon fire area. Only 4 km from rishikesh. Direct approach by road. Experienced staff.
Menu: Chai tea (buffet) : vegetable pakora,veg baby cutlets,popcorn\peanutchat,tea\coffe,cookes.
Lunch(buffet):green salad,jeera aloo\allo gobhi\seasonal veg,dal rajma\ makhni, palak paneer,plain rice,veg raita\boondi ka raita,naan/roti
Dinner(buffet):suop any of your choice,green slaad\pasta slad,methi chaman\bhindi,kurkuri\mix veg,dal tadka,kadhi chiken\mutton rogan josh\egg curry\chiken curry\ chiken or mutton in pahari style(any one),pes pulao,pasta\ hakka noodles,gulab jamun\ suji ka halwa\rasgulla\fruit custard,naan/ missi roti/roti,
Breakfast(buffet):allo parantha\poori bhaji\chole bhatoore, backed beans,toast with
preserved,porridge, boiled egg\omelet ,fresh fruit\juice, tea\coffe.
*24hr bar-beique restaurant only extra cost.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
*River Rafting Sharing Base.
*Evening Snacks with Bonfire (After Sunset – One Hour)
*Dinner Buffet (Starts at 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM)
*Night Stay at Canvas made Tents (Twin and Triple Sharing)
*Morning Tea & Breakfast (8:30 AM)
*Rafting starting time morning trip: 09:30 to 11:00 AM.
*Rafting starting time evening trip: 02:00 to 04:00 PM.
*Body Surfing and Cliff Jumping in rafting time only. (Cliff Jumping only after Bharmpuri, Rest of June)
*Cliff jumping (20 to 25 fit heights)
* End of Rafting trip near NIM Beach OR Near Ram jhula.
*Bonfire Available Evening (1 Bonfire all group in camp).
*Any meal, activity or service skipped by the client, will not be adjusted in the package cost.
*If the passengers return back before time according to agreement, by their own wish, no refund of amount will be there.
*Total decided package cost will not be affected if there is any reduction in the number of persons.
*Full & Final payments will be made before journey.
* Rafting allow only above 10 year.
*Tour itinerary is changeable according to smooth operation.
*All activities are subject to the weather conditions
· Accommodation in Tents (12×10) on twin or triple sharing basis.
· All class rafting gear (Rafts, Life-Jackets, Helmets, Paddle, Dry bags,)
· Experienced river guides
· River running permits.
· Any soft or hard drinks.
· Any Transportation.
· Personal Things.
CARRY LIST Note:*Please do not carry Heavy Luggage.
All leagues carry yourself plz carry minimum leagues:-Back Packs or safari bags only, A pair of good quality and comfortable Sports Shoes (must already be in use for min.10 days), 2 pairs of Cotton Socks, Slippers, Trek suit, Sunshade/cap, Sunscreen/Mosquito lotion, Sunglasses, Cord for spectacles & sunglasses, Water Sack,1 pair of shorts, 1 Pairs of Comfortable and sturdy wear for change, (A jacket and pullover During winters). A Torch/Flashlight, Camera, /Binoculars, Toiletries/ Soap/ Towel/ etc. for personal use, Light and nourishing Snacks, Diary and Pen, Personal medication (if any) ,T-shirts & shorts for Rafting.
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